Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ertvelde, Belgium


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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
A complex, dark, fruity, chocolatey brew. First version from De Proef in Lochristi, near Ghent. Current version care of Van Steenberge.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 14, 2007
Bottle at ’t Waagstuk. Hazy dark amber with a creamy off-white head. Plum jam, cocoa, vanilla, banana and sweet worty malts in the aroma. Very nice and complex. Full, almost sticky body showing a more one-dimensional scotch/plum/vanilla flavour. Some chocolate and alcohol start to come though in the finish... and also the flavour as it warms. I almost prefer it a bit more chilled than you’d normally want a strong ale. Great stuff anyway.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (34360) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2007
Bottled. A dark brown beer with a medium dark tan head. The aroma is very sweet and very complex with notes of fruit, prunes, chocolate, wood, balsamico, and spices. The flavor is very sweet and again very complex with notes of caramel, dark fruits, leaning towards being over ripe, combines with notes of prunes, chocolate, yeast, wood, and spices, before the alcohol comes along and dominated for a while before a dry slightly bitter alcohol, fruity, and quite spicy finish sets in. The alcohol leaves a slight burn in the throat. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (43900) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2007
Bottle @ ’t Waagstuk, Antwerpen. Clear medium brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, moderate yeasty, fruit. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (300807)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2007
Bottle at ’t Waagstuk, Antwerp. I vaguely remember this beer as the night got a bit messy from here on out, although I do remember liking it. Mahogany with a thick beige head. Malt, dark fruits, liquorice and a hint of cocoa with that brunish earthy note. A great beer with lots going on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (16160) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 3, 2007
Ruby red color, good beige head. Wood, paper and subdued licoric in the aroma. Sweetish with grassy hops, licorice and cream fudge. Someway also fruity but alcoholic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (23513) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2007
Bottled. Nut brown, rich firm head. Estery blueberry aroma.Sweet and lightly fruity. Grainy malt with licorice and potent slivovic, dense mouthfeel. Salty finish with aniseed and more licorice. Quite intense.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
henrikb (1262) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2007
Deep red brown body, huge beige head, thick lacing; Big very malty sugary sweet nose, lots of Belgium candis syrup aromas; Huge soft carbonation on soft textured body, bitter and quite sweet; Long very sweet powerful finish, lots of malty sweet aromas. Good big warm and powerful beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedoulequeen07 (135) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2007
Sampled in a cozy bar/resturant in Antwerp with pat. The bars specilaity. Dark burnt orangey red colour with an ample off brwon head. Aroma of soft berries poached in red wine, roasted malts, sugar an some autumn spiced pop-pourii. Caramel and golden malts dominate with layers of dried fruit and nutmeg/cinnamon. Good with my meal choice but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25331) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 6, 2007
Bottled@’t Waagstuk. Dark ruby red colour, mediumsized beige head. Sweet malts, some roasted thi0ng along. Also some dry dark fruits. Flavour is caramel, malts, spices and notes of yeast. Nicely balanced, but not very exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2007
Bottle at ’t Waagstuk, Antwerpen. Hazy orange brown coloured with a beige head. Aroma of dried fruits, fruits, spices, cookies and liquorice. Flavour of dried fruits, fruits and spices with notes of liquorice, cookies and alcohol.

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